Tapping our own magic table top tree

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on October 28, 2013

in Children's Books, Tap the Magic Tree

Tap the Magic Table Top Tree

Fall is finally in full swing around here and I love it. If I could have the beautiful leaves and insects and acorns on the ground at our disposal all year long, I think my students would think it’s heaven! We spend lots of time outdoors collecting, examining, and enjoying items from fall and we also spend time indoors reading books and playing games that are inspired by the wonderful autumn season…

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One of our latest books that we have read is the fun and interactive book titled “Tap the Magic Tree” by Christie Mathesen. With each turn of the page, there is a call to action such as tapping on each leaf, knocking on the page or blowing on the page. The results of each action are then shown on the next page of the book such as all the leaves turn a new color or fall off the tree…

Tapping our own magic table top tree by Teach Preschool

My students all enjoy participating in these call to actions so sometimes they all reach in and tap or blow or shake the book and other times, I select one child to do the tapping or shaking or knocking.  It’s a good idea to read this book on your own first so that you will know how to invite a large group of children to participate

Tapping our own magic table top tree by Teach Preschool

After tapping, knocking, and blowing on our interactive book and discovering how the leaves change throughout all four seasons, we went over to the table to essentially retell our story by exploring our own interactive tree…

Tapping our own magic table top tree by Teach Preschool

The children found the shape of tree made from tape on our table and two colors of tissue paper leaves. Everyone was given a set of leaves to spread out in front of them. The children were invited to make a leaf pattern if they wanted while they waited for everyone to have a set of leaves to work with…

Tapping our own magic table top tree by Teach Preschool

Once everyone had a set of leaves, the children were invited to fill the tree limbs with their leaves…

Tapping our own magic table top tree by Teach Preschool

Once our tree was filled with leaves, we talked about what would happen if we tapped the table. Would the leaves move? And then we tapped the table but our leaves didn’t move very much…

Tapping our own magic table top tree by Teach Preschool

We tried a little tapping, knocking, and even shook the table but the children easily guessed what would get our leaves to move the best and that was for everyone to blow on them…

Tapping our own magic table top tree by Teach Preschool

One really good blow and the leaves flew up and off the tree (and all over the floor).  So we picked the leaves up and tried it again only I couldn’t get anyone to really cooperate at this point – as fast as a leaf landed on the table, someone blew it right back off! LOL!

Tapping our own magic table top tree by Teach Preschool

But we were at the end of our day and as the children finished blowing the leaves, they went off to get their back packs ready and it was time to go home.  A super simple way to expand on all the fun action words mentioned in our book right there on our table top tree…

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1 nancy brunner October 28, 2013 at 8:51 am

Hi Deborah
I love all you creative ideas! Thanks so much for sharing your creativeness! I was wondering you said that you did this activity at the end of the day. Do you follow a schedule ? Would you be willing to share your schedule? Thanks!!

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2 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 28, 2013 at 9:11 am

Hi Nancy,
We do have a routine that we follow but we are fairly flexible within that routine. Here is an overview of our routine from the past but I will try and update this to a new post soon as things are slightly different each year. http://www.teachpreschool.org/2012/01/the-importance-of-a-predictable-routine-in-preschool/

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3 Jeri Henson November 4, 2013 at 4:21 pm

I really enjoy your website and all the activities. I have taught preschool for 20 plus years, and you help me keep things fresh. I enjoy your photographs of your activities, however, sometimes I wish you included the child eating the activity, the child screaming because someone else has what that child wants, the child who has just wet his/her pants, I could go on. Keep up the good work. You are an inspiration.

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4 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 5, 2013 at 7:26 am

I do understand what you are asking but out of respect for my students and their parents, I don’t show photos of the children in any kind of distress or in any way want to make photos of their personal struggles, weaknesses, or trials public. My students are real and so are their feelings and I always want to protect their sense of self and privacy when it comes to these kinds of issues. Besides, I certainly wouldn’t want to see a photo of myself screaming or wetting my pants on a blog:) Besides, I have to say – and I mean this sincerely – I rarely ever have children wetting their pants or eating the activity or screaming at each other in my class and if something like this were happening, I would set down my camera and be totally focused on meeting the need of the child rather than photographing the child:) Make sense?

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